Skagit Valley College is committed to supporting undocumented students.
It is important to remember that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (1974) prohibits schools from providing any outside agency—including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—with any information from a student’s school file that would expose their immigration status. Immigration status should be treated like other student information, such as participation in Running Start or receiving accommodations from Disability Access Services.
College employees should only inquire about a student’s immigration status:
- If it is beneficial to the support of student’s educational goals.
- To evaluate appropriate access to the same educational opportunities as all students.
- To ensure that students are exposed to learning experiences that focus on college aspirations.
Even after, the information given to the college staff should remain confidential.
Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) WORKSHOP
Undocumented students are eligible to apply for the Washington State Need grant, please see the requirements below. Bring your documents and Skagit Valley College staff will help you fill out the WASFA.
WHEN: Friday, April 10, 2014
TIME: 12-2 PM
WHERE: Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon WA 98273
Lewis Hall Room 330
For more information contact: Yadira Rosales 360-416-7838 Yadira.Rosales@skagit.edu or
Diana Peregrina 360-416-7845 Diana.Peregrina@skagit.edu
What you need:
- Parent’s income if the student is under the age of 24.
- Student Income if the student is considered a dependent.
- Know the schools you are considering attending
- Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since earning the high school diploma or GED.
- Have graduated (or will do so before beginning college) from a Washington high school, or obtained a GED.
- Have signed the HB1079 affidavit.
The Real Hope Act/ WASFA
On February 26, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the REAL Hope Act (SB 6523) also known as the Washington Dream Act. This new law expands eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens. Visit the page to learn if you qualify and how you can apply through WASFA. The Real Hope Act/WASFA
HB 1079- A guide to understanding this law
Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law changed the definition of "resident student" allowing certain students eligible for resident student status- and eligible to pay resident tuition rates when they attend public colleges or universities in the state. Learn about the requirements on the HB1079 page.
You will Succeed
Five Secrets to Success for Undocumented Students
by Katharine Gin, Journal of College Admission, Winter 2010
- Get comfortable asking for help. You can’t do this alone.
- Find older students who can be role models and mentors. They may just be a few years older than you!
- Form strong relationships with teachers and mentors with whom you can speak honestly and openly about your challenges.
- Be creative. Be entrepreneurial. Don’t take no for an answer.
- Believe in yourself. Know that you have value to your family, your community, your classmates, and your country.